Vintage Race Car Birthday Party

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by , posted on April 25th, 2011 in Parties & Celebrations


A couple years ago, our little guy was very much into cars. Around the same time, I had run across a vintage looking racing game called Grand Prix. Using the game board as inspiration, we created a vintage racing themed birthday party.



Park. Many of our birthday parties are held at local parks. We live in a fairly small house and discovered it was best, and less stressful, if we outsourced the location of parties. Local parks are budget friendly and there’s usually plenty of room for everyone. Plus, there’s back up entertainment built in if the party starts heading south: the playground!

We kept things fairly simple since were limited to a couple picnic tables. I had some orange striped fabric that I used as a table cloth (I rebranded it racing orange. It’s all in the marketing, right?). Then we spread out placemats, colored pencils and take home favors.


Take home gifts
1. I wrote down a story the birthday boy told me about a car race. Then I drew pictures and turned it into a small coloring book for party goers.
2. We also scanned the top of the Grand Prix game box, laminated it and turned it into place mats for kids.
3. Kids also took home little cars, car erasers and their own personalized helmet.

A Few Activities
When guests arrived they each received a helmet to personalize. The helmets were made out of paper mache. Then we had them color in the little coloring books until all the guests arrived.



Some games we played
1. Car Relay Race: We did a couple relay races with our paper mache cars. Some required kids to zig zag around, some were just straight and back races.
2. Capture the Checker Flags: I had made little checkered flags out of paper and popsicle sticks. I set up checkered flags (one for each child) around a field. Children had to run, grab one and bring it back to the finish line. Each one received a small prize.



If I had to sum up this party I would say this: it will go down in history as the paper mache party. I pretty much spent two weeks as a paper mache machine. (It’s so going on my resume as my summer job that year.) The helmets were made out of the stuff, as were the cars.

I will freely admit, it was a pretty big undertaking and I haven’t touched paper mache since. But all in all, the kids had a fabulous time running around and I had a great time making everything. So was it worth it? I’d say, absolutely.

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4 Responses to “Vintage Race Car Birthday Party”

  1. Molly Says:

    April 26th, 2011 at 2:15 am

    Those helmets are the coolest ever. I’m in awe that you made all of those!

    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Thanks Molly! You should have seen the state the basement was in that week. Balloons covered in paper mache hung EVERYWHERE.

  2. Man vs. Wild Birthday Party Says:

    June 15th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    [...] pick something the kids are really into that year and turn it into a theme. We’ve done Ewoks, Cars , and Carnivals. This year, it was Bear Grylls and Man vs. [...]

  3. marly Says:

    September 10th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Hi! i just wondering if u can make the helmets for sale ?!

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